"It was amazing," she said after hearing the presentation.
"I loved it," she said.
"A Stradivarius for the People" was the name of the concert. The event was a fundraiser for the
The stars of the evening were Maestro Matteo Fedeli and the "ex-Bazzini" Stradivarius violin made by the celebrated Italian artisan Antonio Stradivari in 1715.
In 2011, another Stradivarius violin known as the "Lady Blunt" brought
Stradivari created both the "ex-Bazzini" and the "Lady Blunt" during his "golden period," a time when his skills as a craftsman were at their peak.
"This one is better, I think," said Fedeli of the "ex-Bazzini" Stradivarius, which is six years older than the "Lady Blunt."
Accompanied by Maestro Andrea Carcano on piano, Fedeli performed pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff,
"I often think of this violin as a VIP, and I am in the violin's entourage," Fedeli said. "But I am a very important person with the violin on the stage because I play it and give it the voice of my emotions."
"You never know who will be sitting there who is wonderfully talented and realizes, 'I can do this,'" Harris said. "And even if they can't learn to play classical music, they can still appreciate it. Maybe they will listen to it on the radio and have a different point of view."
"It was very exciting," said Stanford of the portion of the program when Fedeli came down from the stage and walked around the edges of the audience while playing.
Fedeli received standing ovations from the crowd and a proclamation from the
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